Upcoming Faculty Performances – The Red Violin, Lucy, HVCMC, Faculty Recital

LUCY DHEGRAE – Prep Voice Faculty

  • Friday, September 26th with the Talea Ensemble at DiMenna Center; 450 W. 37th St., NYC.  Suggest donation: $20 in advance, and $10 at the door.
  • Friday, December 5th at 7:30 pm:  Solo Recital at the Third Street Music School, NYC.  Pieces by Susan Botti, Shawn Jaeger (Prep Faculty), Roberto Sierra, and Toshio Hosokawa:  Free Admission, Click Here for More Information.


Elizabeth Pitcairn Cynthia Tobey

CYNTHIA TOBEY,  Prep Piano Faculty – and Violinist Elizabeth Pitcairn

  • THE RED VIOLIN:  Violinist Elizabeth Pitcairn and Pianist Cynthia Elise Tobey:  Saturday, November 15 at 8 pm:  Fisher Center, Sosnoff Theater at Bard
    Elizabeth Pitcairn performs with the legendary 1720 “Red Mendelssohn” Stradivarius violin. In 1990, Christie’s auctioned the Stradivarius, which is said to have inspired the 1999 Academy Award–winning film,The Red Violin.   PROGRAM:  Schubert: Rondo in B minor for violin and piano, Fauré Sonata No. 1 for violin and piano, Ludwig van Beethoven Sonata No. 9 for violin and piano (“Kreutzer”), World Premiere of Violin & Piano Work TBA by Sara Graef

For TICKETS or more information, call 845-758-7900,email fishercenter@bard.edu, or visit the Fisher Center website HERE.


Hudson Valley Chamber Music Circle Hosts Bard Preparatory Division Faculty and Students in a Family Concert:  Saturday, November 8 at 4 pm:  Bitó Conservatory Performance Space – Performers to include Prep Faculty members Lucy Dhegrae, Luba Poliak, Nicholas Alton Lewis, and Brian Krinke – Families and Children of all ages are welcome.  Kids sit up close to the musicians for a fun and educational musical experience!


Bard Prep Faculty Recital:  February 14, 2015 at 4 pm – Bitó Conservatory Performance Space:  Brian Krinke, Violin



Bake Sale – Thank You! And a call for more Savory Foods!

Thank you to all of our Bakers and Eaters for a great week 2 at the Bake Sale!

Bake Sale Total:  Week 2 – $250

Funds that are much needed for all aspects of the Bard Preparatory Division Program – Thank You! 

For Week 3, we need more Savory Foods (Entree items)!

Let’s keep up the great work with a successful week 3!

Please Sign Up Here for Week 2 Bake Sale!




Classifieds – Practice Buddy List, House for Rent – Tivoli

  • House for Rent in Tivoli Village – 1350ft² – 3BR/2.5 bath - available now
    w/d hookups, off-street parking, no smoking

Includes a master suite with a full bathroom, open kitchen, dining room, and large living room. Central A/C, washer/dryer, dishwasher. Quiet street in the village, very short walk to Bard shuttle and restaurants. Off-street parking for 2 cars. Red Hook school district. Excellent set up for a family or easily shared for students.

Monthly $1800, Weekly $500, Daily (min 2 nights) $100/night

Please call 212-767-9161 if interested.

  • Practice Buddies are Bard Conservatory Students that are available to help your child with their practice time.  We know and highly recommend these great young musicians.  Here is the Practice Buddy List.  Practice Hard Everyone!
  • 1/2 Size Violin for Sale: Mathias Lubocki Copy of Antonius Stradivarius made for Stammel Strings with Bobelock case/hygrometer.  No bow.  $900.00  If interested, contact Janet Stetson at – stetson@bard.edu


If you are looking for or selling an instrument or any musical equipment this is your space.  Send the information to us at bardprep@bard.edu and we will post for you.


Bard Prep 2014-2015 Year is Off to a Great Start!

The new year has officially begun at Bard Prep and we are off to a great start.  We were happy to see many familiar faces and many new ones joining us for our first week of classes!  This year is going to be a great one for our community and we look forward to seeing how the students grow personally and musically during the year.

This is the biggest Bard Prep Class yet so we thought it would be interesting to share some statistics about how the program has grown.

Bard Preparatory Division

Year founded – 2007

2007 Enrollment – 4 students!

2012-2013 Enrollment (Fall Semester):  56 students

2013-2014 Enrollment (Fall Semester):  96 students

2014-2015 Enrollment (as of September 6th):  112 students!



HVCMC Faculty/Student Concert Auditions!

On November 8th at 4 pm, the Hudson Valley Chamber Music Circle will host Bard Prep Faculty and Student performers for our 4th Annual HVCMC/Bard Prep Family Concert.  We are very excited to be a part of this great event again this year and we thank the HVCMC for their support!

As in years past, Bard Prep students will perform on the concert.  This year the Prep Directors, in consultation with Faculty members, will be selecting the student performers based on Midterm Recital performances (October 25th and November 1).  Selection criteria will include:  Quality of Preparation and Technical and Artistic Execution.  Consideration will also be given to representing a variety of ages, instruments, and repertoire.

To be considered for participation, students (or their parents) should notify the directors of their interest by emailing us at bardprep@bard.edu before October 25th.  The results will be announced November 3rd.

Ethan Richman Mini-Performance this Saturday

Bard Prep Piano Student Ethan Richman will be competing in the 2014 Chopin Piano Competition later this month.  This Saturday, September 13th, he will run through his competition pieces at 11:15 am in the Conservatory Performance Space (near the parking entrance) and he needs an audience to make him nervous!  The performance will last about 15 minutes and include 2 crowd pleasing pieces:  Chopin Ballade No 1 and Etude Op.10 # 4.  Please come and show your support for Ethan and help him prepare for the competition.  Everyone is welcome.

Bard Prep Saturday Classes and Lessons Start this Week!

The Bard Preparatory Division officially kicked off the 2014-2015 year with classes and lessons on Tuesday, September 2nd!

Saturday Classes and Lessons start this Saturday, September 6th.  Everybody should have received their schedules so please let us know if you have not or if you have any questions about the class/lesson schedule or room assignments or anything!

If you have not been to the Bard campus before, please allow yourself a few extra minutes to find your way this Saturday as it can be a little confusing the first time.

Also, please remember that payment is due this Saturday so please stop by the office at some point if you have not already submitted the payment to us.

We look forward to seeing all of our families on Saturday!

Bake Sale – We Need Your Help!

The first BAKE SALE of this year will take place this Saturday September 6th from 10 am – 2:30 pm.  The Bake Sale is a crucial part of the fundraising operation of the Preparatory Division and it provides a much-needed service by providing food for our families and students during their busy Saturdays at Bard!

It is a win-win for the program and we need your help to keep it operating.

We do not have enough sign ups yet so please consider BAKING an entree or goody or SIGNING UP for a shift to work at the table.  All kinds of dishes are welcome, but for specific suggestions please see the Bake Sale Page Here.

Click here to find the Page to Sign Up for Baking and Table Helping!

Thank You!

Welcome Back to Bard Prep!

The new year of the Bard Preparatory Division is almost here!  Classes and lessons resume on September 2nd for our Tuesday students and September 6th for Saturday students.

The 2014-2015 year will be the 8th year of Bard Prep and we are looking forward to another great year of music making.  We wanted to take a moment to mention some details about the upcoming semester and to acquaint or reacquaint you with our Blog/Newsletter.

The Blog/Newsletter, which you are reading now, is updated weekly and automatically sent to all of the Bard Prep parents and faculty on Wednesday morning OR whenever there is a time-sensitive announcement such as cancellation of classes due to inclement weather.  Because our program has grown so rapidly and it is difficult to directly call or email every student, the Newsletter is the primary source of communication for the Prep Division.  When you receive the Newsletter, please at least read the headlines to check for any changes or notices that might be relevant to you.

Other information in the Newsletter includes upcoming Bard Prep Faculty performances, Bard Conservatory events and performances, student achievements, practice tips, and anything else that might be of interest to our community.  If you have suggestions for post topics or if you would like to contribute a post, please email us at bardprep@bard.edu.

The Classifieds link in the Newsletter contains information about Practice Buddies (Bard Conservatory students that are available for practice coaching) as well as instruments for sale and other community information.  To list an instrument or musically related item in the Classifieds please email it to us at bardprep@bard.edu and we will post it.  If you would like to list a non-musically related item, it is $5 for a month of listing.

Finally, information regarding our weekly Bake Sale will be posted on the Blog/Newsletter, with a link to the sign-up sheet for the Bake Sale table.  The Bake Sale has been a huge part of the Bard Prep fundraising efforts in the past two years, making it possible to expand the program, add student composition recitals and outside performance opportunities, provide new instruments for Music and Movement classes, offer more financial aid, etc. etc..  In other words, the Bake Sale is crucial to the success of our program and we need to have a steady stream of volunteers to provide treats and sell those treats to those of us with no self-control (we know who we are).  Please visit the Bake Sale page to sign up for a time slot or to volunteer a treat.  Thank you in advance for contributing; the continued success of the Bake Sale benefits everyone in the Bard Prep Program.



Finally, here is the Bard Prep Student Handbook -2014-2015.  Please read through to find answers to questions about class and lesson policies and procedures.

And as always, feel free to email or call Susanne or Ryan with any questions or comments at:


Ryan – 615 498-4996

Susanne – 646 456-8795

Thanks so much for your attention and for being a part of the Bard Prep Community.  We look forward to seeing you all next week,

Ryan and Susanne